Sudan’s Popular Intifada and the Prospects for Democracy

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Georgetown University-Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, ICC 141

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From Revolution to Resolution-- a panel discussion featuring Dr. Dimah Mahmoud and Dr. Khalid Medani

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In 2019, Sudanese extended protests led to the ousting of President Omar Bashir. Wide-scale demonstrations continued and grassroots organizers mobilized the people of Sudan to work towards a democratic transition of power and away from a militarized state by reaching a power sharing agreement. Panelists will share about the main issues at hand right now in Sudan and how Sudanese people are organizing to negotiate a better future for their country.

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Dimah Mahmoud is a humanist, activist, and passionate change-make and co-founder of The Nubia Initiative. Her extensive interdisciplinary expertise in research, political analysis and project management are reflected in the diverse conferences she organized as well as the initiatives and collaborations she spearheaded through The Generator, an independent consultancy she established in 2014. Her work contributes to advancing social, political and economic sustainable development in Africa and the Middle East. She facilitated and consulted for the League of Arab States, the Arab America Foundation, Massimedia, El Karma and EURAXESS North America among others. Prior to this, Dimah was the Interim Executive Director of Bridges of Understanding Foundation, during which she helped launch it onto its current forward trajectory: emphasizing the necessity of youth-targeted educational programming as part of the effort to catalyze an effective, long-lasting paradigm shift.

Khalid Medani is an assistant professor of political science and Islamic studies at McGill University. His published research addresses ethnic conflict, urban politics and the Islamist movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, and the obstacles to state building in Iraq. He has also worked as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and served as a research consultant on humanitarian issues for a number of United Nations agencies in the Horn of Africa, such as conducting an evaluation of U.N. and nongovernmental organizations' humanitarian relief efforts in Northern and Western Darfur, Sudan. He received a BA in development studies from Brown University, an MA in Arab studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ahmed Kodouda is a Ph.D. student in political science at George Washington University. His research focuses on diaspora politics and rebel governance during post-colonial civil wars. Before joining GW, he spent seven years working with civil society and non-governmental organizations in Washington, DC, Nairobi, and Kampala, including at The Aspen Institute, Freedom House, and Saferworld. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bucknell University. Kodouda has been to Sudan multiple times this year and brings valuable insights about the situation on the ground to this panel.

This event is made possible in part thanks to funding from a US Department of Education Title VI grant.

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